Al Mohler and other restrictionists have to have a real Adam. Without a real Adam, how else could he have Eve? If there were no Eve, then their little world of male headship and male supremacy would come tumbling down.
Everything hinges on Eve eatin’ that apple.
“But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression.” (1 Timothy 2:12-14)
See, it is right there. Eve did it, and then Adam did it. Before Eve took a bite, she argued with Satan, and quoted God’s words to Satan. BUT – Adam took one look and partook.
Now we know that in the beginning, God created male and female, and he created them equal. The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (Dr. Mohler’s and the Southern Baptist Convention’s statement of faith) confirms that. They should stop here. They can’t because that would truly give women equality.
- Eve was created equal – but she was created second, after Adam
- Eve was created equal – but she was created from Adam
- Eve was created equal – but Adam was given leadership over her because he was privileged to give her a name
- Eve was created equal – but she gave in to temptation
- Eve was created equal – but she became a temptress to her husband
- Eve was created equal – but she needed a leader (“Adam! Where are you?” “I’ve invented a game, Lord. Its called Hide and seek.”)
- Eve was created equal – but she was destined to have pain in childbirth, and thus could raise children, but not a church (wait, I think I am confabulating here!)
- Eve was created equal – but she caused so many problems in Eden that they both got thrown out.
Eve became a second-class human, and in Romans 5:12, even the fact of her being the first to sin is given to Adam. Mohler says “When Adam sinned, he sinned for us, and it’s that very sinfulness that sets up our understanding of our need for a savior. Without Adam, the work of Christ makes no sense whatsoever.”
But it wasn’t Adam, it was Eve. Dr. Mohler, you need Eve here.
But what about Jesus? He showed up and turned the world upside down! He was hung on a cross for my sins and for Dr. Mohler’s sins and for the sins of other restrictionists (complementarians).
Just why did God seek to redeem mankind to Him? Was it just so they could continue as before? Or was it because God saw their love for the rules they made, and their exclusion of those who were not Jews, and the way they treated one-half of the human race? Perhaps that is why humans need the redemptive blood of Christ.
Will you join me and others as we speak out for equality? Will you tell the restrictionists that when God made mankind, He meant it when he made males and females in His own image. And we are reclaiming it!